IRVING, Texas (BUSINESS WIRE), June 07, 2021 - Vizient, Inc. will host some of the largest hospitals and health systems in Texas at its first ever Texas Supplier Diversity Symposium. The Symposium provides diverse suppliers the opportunity to connect with some of the largest companies in their communities and learn about contracting opportunities. The virtual event will be held June 9 at no charge and will be attended by large health care organizations from major metropolitan areas, diverse and non-diverse national suppliers, diversity-certification organizations and speakers. Diverse suppliers who wish to attend the event should register here:

“Anchor institutions like hospitals and health systems are often the biggest employers and providers of contract opportunities in their communities,” said Shaleta Dunn, senior director, program services for Vizient. “Helping shift supply and service spend to local, diverse suppliers helps promote job growth and economic development, which ultimately improves the health of the patient population.”

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT and will cover hospital supplier diversity programs, Vizient and the group purchasing industry, contracting opportunities for diverse suppliers and how becoming a certified diverse supplier can help business grow.

  • 8:40 a.m. — Event Opening: Simrit Sandhu, Executive Vice President, Strategic Transformation and Clinical-Supply Solutions, Vizient
  • 9 a.m. — Opening session: Contracting in the Health Care Industry: Focus on diverse supplier opportunities
  • 10 a.m. — COVID & Beyond: Supply chain sustainability, supplier diversity and inclusion
  • 11 a.m. — Healthcare contracting opportunities with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and Vizient
  • 11:50 a.m. — Advocacy & Certification Panel: Supporting diverse supplier capacity growth

Vizient is a leader in health care supply chain diversity, connecting certified diverse suppliers to its hospital members through its national contract portfolio and Community Contracting Program. Vizient is the largest health care performance improvement company in the nation. For more information, email

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc. provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 95% of the nation’s academic medical centers, and more than 20% of ambulatory care providers. Vizient provides expertise, analytics and advisory services, as well as a contract portfolio that represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume, to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. In 2021, Vizient acquired Intalere, which expanded its footprint with ambulatory and rural acute care providers. Vizient has earned a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute every year since its inception. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Vizient has offices throughout the United States. Learn more at


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